Questions about creating a healthy lifestyle?

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Primary care physician Dr. Page is here this week to answer your health and wellness questions! If you’d like to start a healthy lifestyle or are already on your way, Dr. Page can help. Comment below with your questions!

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7 thoughts on “Questions about creating a healthy lifestyle?

  1. Hi Dr. Page! How can I improve my energy level so that after work, I have enough to do a good workout? I routinely get 8 hours of sleep, but I am still dragging come 8 p.m. Thanks!

  2. For weight loss and energy levels is it better to do one long workout or break it up into shorter ones throughout the day? How important is workout intensity?

  3. High-Stress levels…how to deal with overwhelming stress, and with that comes exhaustion. Looking for any helpful tips to help relieve the stress to workout more, and feel better as a whole.

  4. “Hi Sarah! I admire your motivation to keep your body healthy with exercise. Step 1 is definitely sleep, and you have that covered. Energy does improve with regular exercise. If you have been exercising for a while and still feel fatigued, then I suggest getting some blood work done to ensure no other factors are involved like thyroid disease , low vitamin D, low vitamin B or anemia.” – Dr. Page

  5. “Hi Wendy! For weight loss, the most important change is the food you are eating. Ensure you are making healthy choices with more vegetables and fruits and less bread, pasta, rice, potatoes or high-sugar foods. This has more impact on your weight loss than exercise. When it comes to your workout, the better choice is one that you can maintain long term. This may be two 30-minute sessions morning and evening or just a single one-hour workout daily. Consistency over a long period of time is the key. For example, even just a half-hour workout done daily over a year is more useful than two hours weekly. In terms of intensity, start gradually if you have not been exercising regularly and build up intensity over time. Your body will adjust to intensity. Change your routine from time to time. Most importantly, pay attention to the signs your body gives you and do not over do it! Your maximum heart rate during exercise should be 220 minus your age. Use the heart rate monitors on the machines or count it yourself during your workout.” – Dr. Page

  6. “Hi Tracy! Life and stress seem to go together, so we all need to work on managing our stress levels appropriately. Exercise is a great way to manage stress! Think of your workout as a prescription for your stress. Think of it as a time to calm your mind , listen to serene music (if you choose) and focus only on yourself. On the days you are very stressed, you may want to consider doing a lower intensity work out, such as walking- or perhaps you may want to maintain intensity, but change the form of exercise, such as riding the stationary bicycle, swimming or going to a group class. On days when everything seems to be overwhelming, yoga may be the answer! Exercise helps stress and also can increase your energy to meet the demands of life in general.” – Dr. Page

  7. Hi Dr. Page! No specific question for you, just want to let you know that I have already learned so much from your advice in the past, and you are always so encouraging and supportive. I miss your positive energy!